Kim Dotcom on Thursday announced the new online storage service, saying it would give users direct control – and responsibility – over their files. The site has previously been referred to as Megabox in a teaser video.
Users of Mega would be able to upload, store and share photos, text files, music and films, encrypt those files and grant access using unique decryption keys, Dotcom said. “You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us,” a statement on the Mega website said.
The 38-year-old said he would launch Mega on 20 January 2013 – a year to the day since his arrest. Announcing the new site on Twitter, Mr Dotcom said the holding page – hosted at Me.ga – was already getting “millions” of hits.
The site would not use US-based hosting companies as partners in order to avoid being shut down by US authorities, Dotcom said.
“The new Mega will not be threatened by US prosecutors,” Dotcom said, adding that he was confident Mega would avoid violating US law. The new Mega avoids any dealings with US hosters, US domains and US backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown.
The encryption technology marks a major change from Megaupload as Mega operators will not have access to files, a move that is aimed at making them immune to legal action over copyright infringement.